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Dr. Jordan Peterson’s family denies misleading reports that he has schizophrenia

The family of Dr. Jordan B. Peterson has accused the Sunday Times of falsely claiming that Peterson has schizophrenia, saying that the U.K. paper misrepresented his health condition in an in-depth interview
published Sunday.

Peterson, the best-selling author, clinical psychologist, and popular crusader against political correctness, has recently returned to public life after spending a year on hiatus while seeking treatment for multiple health issues. In his interview with the Times, titled “Jordan Peterson on his depression, drug dependency and Russian rehab hell,” Peterson described his struggle with drug addiction, suicidal thoughts, and his ongoing journey to recovery. However, after the interview was published, Peterson’s family accused the paper of misrepresenting what Peterson and his daughter Mikhaila told the interviewer about Peterson’s mental health.

The Times published that Peterson was diagnosed with schizophrenia, a claim that the Peterson family vigorously denies. Speaking to
the Post Millennial, Mikhaila Peterson said “we were misrepresented in a very disturbing way and that’s causing serious stress to our family.”

The interview covers Dr. Peterson’s failing health, which began after he suffered a violent reaction to a strict meat and greens diet in 2016. The diet triggered a “sodium metabisulphite response” in Peterson, his daughter recounted to the Times. “He couldn’t stand up without blacking out. He had this impending sense of doom. He wasn’t sleeping,” she said.

To treat his illness, Peterson was prescribed the antidepressant benzodiazepine, but his health took a turn for the worse after his wife was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Falling into depression, Peterson increased the amount of benzodiazepine he was taking and eventually became addicted to the drug. He also suffered an adverse reaction to the antidepressants, manifesting in a condition called akathisia, in which a person is unable to stop moving. During this time Peterson saw several doctors who offered various diagnoses including bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia.

However, as the unedited interview published by Peterson and reported by the Post Millennial shows, the family believes he was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia and that his symptoms were found to be a side effect of the medication he was taking. Twitter user Rob Henderson posted a transcript highlighting the relevant portion of the nearly three-hour interview in which Mikhaila Peterson described how the schizophrenia diagnosis was disputed.

“It took until August this summer to actually diagnose him with akathisia, which is a side effect of a medication, but he was bounced from you know bipolar, depression, one person diagnosed him with schizophrenia. It was like, he’s just not. He’s in pain because of these medications,” Mikhaila told the Times interviewer in the audio recording that was not quoted in the Times report.

“One of the conversations we had with this psychiatrist he has, he goes, ‘well, we think it’s schizophrenia.’ And I was like, these symptoms didn’t even start until he started the medications,” she said. “Okay, so you’re telling me like a mid 50-year-old man with no previous symptoms of schizophrenia suddenly gets schizophrenia, which generally happens late teens for men. It’s not like we’re uneducated on these things. Right? I was like, what?”

The Times appears to have left out that important context, leading other media outlets including
the New York Post and the Daily Mail to report that Peterson has schizophrenia.

Peterson’s recovery began after he traveled to Russia to seek treatment. There he underwent an unusual therapy in which he was induced into a coma to allow the drugs to filter out of his body. He still faces numerous health challenges, including memory loss from the time he was ill, and has since returned to Canada to continue his recovery.

Peterson is currently giving interviews to the media to promote his new book, “Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life,” a sequel to his 2018 bestseller, “12 Rules for Life.” His previous work propelled Peterson to world renown in the culture wars, but he says the fame and ensuing controversy over his views, including being labeled an “icon of white supremacy and hate speech” by employees of his publisher, have negatively affected his mental health.

“I was at the epicenter of this incredible controversy, and there were journalists around me constantly, and students demonstrating. It’s really emotionally hard to be attacked publicly like that. And that happened to me continually for, like, three years,” Peterson told the Times.

“I was concerned for my family. I was concerned for my reputation. I was concerned for my occupation. And other things were happening. The Canadian equivalent of the Inland Revenue service was after me, making my life miserable, for something they admitted was a mistake three months later, but they were just torturing me to death.”

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‘It’s another defund movement’: Glenn Beck reacts to Seattle’s proposed ‘poverty defense’ for misdemeanors

Lawmakers in Seattle have proposed new legislation that would excuse most misdemeanor crimes that can be linked to poverty, addiction, or mental disorders. The proposal, referred to as a “poverty defense,” would cover more than 90% of Seattle’s misdemeanor defendants, according to the city’s former public safety adviser, and would include crimes of theft, assault, trespass, property destruction, and more. The proposal excludes misdemeanors related to impaired driving and domestic violence.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed the potentially devastating effects such measures would have on the citizens of Seattle, who have already seen a 525% spike in crime this year, according to Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan.

“This will work out really well for Seattle,” Glenn said sarcastically.

“Do you know why they’re doing this?” Glenn asked. “They’re doing this because [they] are trying to starve the justice system. If [they] make those things not illegal, there won’t be anybody in the courthouse. So [they] can cut the funding of the courts, because the courts are just sending people to prison. And the courts are the problem. There is no justice. It’s another defund movement, just in a different way.”

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

THESE are the ‘poverty’ crimes Seattle may no longer prosecute

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Breaking: Several police officers wounded in shootout with suspect after massive California manhunt

Several police officers were wounded while apprehending a suspect in Paso Robles, California. The suspect is believed to have shot a deputy in the head, precipitating a massive manhunt.

“Suspect down. Several officers wounded,” the official Paso Robles Police Department account tweeted on Thursday.

KERO-TV reported that the suspect was shot and killed by police.

Officers were seeking Mason James Lira, 26, in the shooting of a deputy in the head at the police station in Paso Robles early Wednesday morning.

The shooter escaped, and police believe he killed a transient during period he was on the loose.

On Wednesday evening police announced their suspect was Lira. His family told USA Today that he was homeless and suffered from mental illness.

“With his mental health illness, he doesn’t want to be in a room or house, he wanted to be on the streets,” said his father, Jose Lira.

The Deputy wounded in the Wednesday attack has been identified as Nicholas Dreyfus, 28. He was hospitalized and his prognosis is good.

Investigators believe the suspect might be connected to other recent violent crimes in the area.

“The mental health here is useless, actually everywhere in California,” said Lira’s father. “There are hundreds of Masons on our streets.”

Update: Authorities have confirmed at least 3 officers were injured during today’s shooting.

Here’s a local news report about the shootout:

Paso Robles shooter is dead, multiple officers wounded

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Let’s keep it real. The transgender population has a disproportionate number of individuals who have mental illness and even some cancers reportedly as a result of unnatural hormone levels injected into their bodies.

Additionally, research suggests transgender individuals are much more likely than cisgender women to commit violent crimes.

Here’s Crowder with more on this topic.

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California’s governor wants to fight the state’s homelessness problem with involuntary mental health treatment

California’s homeless problem has become a topic of national discussion, and the state’s Democratic governor says that one way to combat it is to make it easier for the government to force homeless people with severe mental illness to get treatment.

“Let’s call it what it is, a disgrace, that the richest state in the richest nation — succeeding across so many sectors — is failing to properly house, heal, and humanely treat so many of its own people,” Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said in his 2020 State of the State address, which focused heavily on homelessness. “Every day, the California Dream is dimmed by the wrenching reality of families, children and seniors living unfed on a concrete bed.”

Newsom called for changes to the state’s laws on involuntary treatment, calling “those out on the streets for more than a year, with complex behavioral health needs” the “hardest part of this problem.”

But delivering mental health assistance to those in need of it “hinges on an individual being capable of accepting help, to get off the streets and into treatment in the first place,” Newsom continued. “Some, tragically, are not. That’s why we need better legal tools, ones that allow local governments, health providers, and law enforcement to more effectively help people access the treatment they need.”

Such changes would have to happen “within the bounds of deep respect for civil liberties and personal freedoms, but with an equal emphasis on helping people into the life-saving treatment that they need at the precise moment they need it,” the governor said.

Specifically, Newsom said that the state’s legal conservatorship thresholds for compelling people to get treatment were “too high and should be revisited.” He also said that it was “too hard to use” a state law “which allows loved ones and service providers to ask courts to compel those who need treatment into community-based outpatient care” and urged lawmakers to address that statute as well.

The governor also said counties should be allowed to set up conservatorship programs similar to one being set up in San Francisco, which will allow for court-ordered mental health treatment for people determined to be incapable of caring for themselves, according to the Associated Press.

While lawmakers from both parties supported the goal, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, others are concerned about whether such a proposal would actually help people who need it.

“What’s the difference between that and a county jail?” Democratic state Sen. Jim Beall asked the newspaper, adding that he would work to make sure proposals are geared toward therapy and getting people’s families involved.

Then, of course, there are the obvious civil liberties concerns.

“We don’t need to take their civil rights away,” President and CEO of Mental Health America of California Heidi Strunk told KTXL-TV regarding the governor’s proposal. “We don’t need to conserve them at this point, especially since we haven’t even provided the shelter and the services to allow them to choose that.”

“When you take a person’s freedom away from someone that’s a very serious issue,” Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee President John Kraintz also told the station.

According to numbers from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Golden State’s homeless population increased by 16% last year. The state’s large homeless problem has drawn repeated criticism from President Donald Trump who has previously threatened to get the feds involved if Newsom can’t fix it.